School of Library and Information Studies

Entrance Requirements

The online application will be available beginning September 15th

Listed below are the minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission to our program:

  • Completion of any four-year undergraduate degree (excluding a Bachelor degree in Library Sciences), from an accredited academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. If you have a three-year degree then you must have additional coursework equivalent to one year of courses;
  • A GPA of 3.0 on most 4-point grading systems or grade of B on most letter grading systems, based on your last 60★;
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP);
  • Technology Proficiency.

English Language Proficiency (ELP)

Applicants with degrees/qualifications in a language other than English need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency through one of the following exams scores:

TOEFL: Minimum score of 237 (computer-based), or a total score of 93 with a score of at least 24 on speaking and writing and 20 on reading and listening (internet-based).

IELTS Academic: Minimum overall band score of 7.5, with at least 7.0 on each band.

CAEL: Overall minimum score of 70, with at least 70 on each subtest.

PTE Academic: Overall minimum score of 64.

MELAB: Minimum score of 90.

Note: Our scores are higher than the minimum scores required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Applicants that do not meet the minimum requirement will not be considered.

In addition, to review the list of institutions exempted from the English Language requirement, please visit: Universities Exempted from English Language Proficiency Requirement

If you need to complete one of these English language examinations, you should do so as soon as possible and arrange for the results to be sent to the department to which you are applying.

Scores more than two years old cannot be verified; therefore the applicant normally would be required to re-take the test.

Technology Proficiency

The MLIS program is a technologically-intensive program, which prepares students for positions of responsibility across the information professions. To be able to complete the two designated IT course requirement successfully, incoming MLIS students must be comfortable with the following skills prior to starting the MLIS program:
  • Comprehension of the components and operations of a personal computer;
  • Microsoft Windows file management (e.g., using the Start button, running applications programs, managing and organizing files and folders, and printing files);
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (or similar) products, including:
    • Word processing (e.g., creating, editing, formatting, opening, saving, and printing documents, spelling and grammar checking);
    • Presentation software (e.g., preparing slides; importing images; using design templates);
    • Use of e-mail (e.g., sending, receiving, replying, forwarding, and deleting messages, as well as sending and opening file attachments);
    • Basic Web browsing and searching (e.g., connecting to Web sites, bookmarking Web sites, using search engines, downloading and printing files).